The Relief Society in my ward is starting a book club, I think as part of the new non-Enrichment Enrichment Program. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I love reading and I’m always looking for an excuse to read more. On the other hand, this may be yet another opportunity to discover how very little I have in common with the other sisters in this ward.
This month’s reading is Persuasion, by Jane Austen, which is nice because I’ve seen the movie several times, but I’ve never read it. Apparently we’ll all get a chance to choose a book eventually, but I have to laugh when I look over my book diary, because so few of the titles would be appropriate.
In that light, I present An Incomplete List of Books That I Have Read and Loved, But Will Certainly Not Be Recommending for the Relief Society Book Club:
The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio
Just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s not all about sex.
The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
A book about why stay-at-home mothers are all suicidal.
The Backslider, Levi Peterson
I’ve already taken heat on the Board for recommending such an explicit book to a Mormon audience.
How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland
A really interesting book, but some would doubtless find it disturbing.
The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzakis
A book that portrays Christ as weak and Judas as strong? I think not.
Speaking of Chinese, Raymond Chang
Probably no one else cares enough about Chinese linguistics to get through this book. (But if you do care, it’s a really great book!)
Better Than Well, Carl Elliott
Another highly disturbing book. Especially the chapter about people who harm themselves because they want to be amputees.
Possession, A.S. Byatt
The Gospel According to the Simpsons, Mark I. Pinsky
Offensive to people who think The Simpsons is an evil show.
The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
More offensive to Muslims than to Christians, but the title still says it all.